Three incredible sea stories
Man in the stomach of the sperm whale
"This incredible incident occurred in 1891, when the English ship" Star of the East "engaged in whaling in the Falkland Islands. One day, a huge sperm whale was noticed from the vessel, an animal was struck directly in the head with a good shot. The wounded sperm whale dived into the ship lowered two boats.
It turned out to be a complete surprise for the sailors when a sperm whale suddenly emerged and suddenly showed activity that was unprecedented for his injury. A powerful blow to the huge tail, he literally to pieces smashed one of the boats.
Despite the prey, the whalers' mood was worse than ever, because the crew of the smashed boat sperm pitched two people. Most likely, stunned by the blow of the tail of the mortally wounded giant, they choked and drowned. The captain made in the logbook of the death of two sailors, whalers commemorated the dead comrades, drinking a glass of whiskey. There was neither strength nor mood to prey. Cutting sperm whale weighing 40 tons took only 15 hours.
The carcass cutting procedure was unexpectedly interrupted when the whalers reached the giant's stomach. Someone obviously moved in it! The stomach was carefully opened and suddenly they saw a twisted, mucus-covered human body. It was James Bartley, one of two whalers who disappeared during a fight with a sperm whale. The unfortunate, whose pulse was barely detectable, was quickly washed from mucus, rubbed with alcohol and wrapped in blankets. Only three weeks later, James, who was 15 hours old as he was recorded as dead, finally came to his senses.
Fully gray-haired Bartley told that he didn’t even understand how, after a boat crash, he found himself in the throat of a sperm whale. Just suddenly it became terribly dark, and his body fell down along some kind of pulsating slippery pipe. The terrible stench and lack of air literally drove crazy. His desperate attempts to get outside to success did not lead, he lost consciousness. From time to time, James would come to his senses, but then he would again fall into oblivion.
When Bartley woke up in the cabin, for a long time he could not figure out what had happened to him - whether he had been in hell or the whole nightmare he only had a dream. 15 hours in the belly of a sperm whale, fortunately, did without bad consequences for his health.James sailed the seas for many years, successfully passed through World War I, raised many children.
It should be noted that the case with the broken boat "Stars of the East" is not exceptional. Wounded sperm whales often show great aggressiveness, they killed quite a few whalers, and even sank several whaling ships. "
The terrible earthquake in the Crimea at night from September 11 to September 12, 1927 was remembered by some eyewitnesses not only a terrible picture of terrible destruction and hundreds of victims, but also an incredible incident - a fire broke out ... the sea. This seems like a fantastic invention, but the sea was actually burning, and the reason for this was the gas that escaped from its depths.
During an earthquake in the Crimea, there was a thunderstorm, lightning struck one after another into the sea, it was they who set fire to the gas escaping to the surface. Eyewitnesses saw pillars of flame that rose from the sea to a height of hundreds of meters. Fire in the Black Sea were recorded near Evpatoria and Sevastopol. Some write that methane escaped from the depths of the earth, others believe that hydrogen sulfide was burning, which, according to scientists, is in plenty in the Black Sea.It is known that the Black Sea has a hydrogen sulfide layer, which has arisen due to the decomposition of organic substances in conditions of lack of oxygen. From a depth of 125 meters hydrogen sulfide fills the water column, and over the past decades the level of hydrogen sulfide layer has steadily risen.
In some places, its rise was tens of meters. Fortunately, it has not yet been fixed cases when hydrogen sulfide would burst to the surface without any external influence, otherwise it would be dangerous to live on the coast of the Black Sea. The fact that this problem is very serious is indicated by the tragedy in Cameroon, when in 1986 asphyxiating gases, suddenly rising from the bottom of Lake Nios, killed 1,746 people.
The story of the miraculous salvation
An equally incredible story occurred in May 1897. A team of the Brazilian patrol ship "Araguara" accidentally fished out a bottle in the ocean with the following note:
"A riot broke out on board the sea hero schooner." The captain is killed, the first mate is thrown overboard. I, the second mate of the captain, was forcibly assigned to the helm. They make me lead a ship at the mouth of the Amazon (28 degrees longitude, 22 degrees latitude, speed 3.5 knots).Save! ”
The captain of the patrolman immediately checked for the presence of such a ship in the Lloyd’s book of registers and in fact found the British ship “Sea Hero”, assigned to the port of Hull. The Brazilian ship immediately changed course and hurried to the rescue. After a short time, the ship captured by the rebels appeared on the horizon, the military quickly captured it and disarmed the rioters.
It was possible to save the second mate, Captain Hedger, and two sailors who refused to join the rebels. Hedger was very surprised when he learned that help came so quickly thanks to a note in a bottle that he threw into the sea. It turned out that he didn’t write any notes and didn’t even have the opportunity to do so.
Already in England, when the rebels from the Sea Hero were tried, the mystery of this mystical story with the Brazilians caught was finally revealed. It turned out that even 16 years before the launch of the Sea Hero, the writer John Permington published the novel Sea Hero, where he wrote about a riot on the ship of the same name.
Advertise his novel, the writer threw into the sea 5 thousand bottles with a fragment of the novel about the rebellion on the ship.It was just such a bottle that the Brazilians caught in 32 years (!) ... Providence was pleased that everything in the note coincided with the actual situation, which at that moment was developing on the very present, not a fictional writer, ship.